Saturday, May 05, 2012


So I'm a little skeptical when I hear about astronomical events in the mainstream news (you've probably gotten that "Mars as big as the moon" email a few times.) Perigee-Syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system happens tonight. If it's not cloudy, enjoy it for what it is - the appearance of a larger and brighter than average full moon. But those statistics you might have seen or heard in the news (14% larger, 30% brighter) are sales gimmicks. Faulty statistics, percentages calculated not against averages, but minimums. It's nice that we're reminded to enjoy our natural world occasionally, but take a grain of salt with every portion of hype they feed you. And remember to keep looking up!